Frequently Asked Questions (Chicago Ceremony)

Here you will find some answers to commonly asked questions about graduation. 

The FAQs below pertain to the online student commencements. If you are attending a campus ceremony, please contact the graduation coordinator at the campus for more details. Click here for campus contacts.

General Questions

 See below for frequently asked questions about the graduation ceremony.

Caps and Gowns

See below for frequently asked questions about the ordering your cap and gown.

Diplomas and Transcripts

Question about your transcript? See the FAQs below. 

Academic Honors

See below for frequently asked questions about academic honors.

  • How do I know if I have earned academic honors?

    Effective January 1, 2016, associate’s- and bachelor’s-level graduates who complete their degrees with cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) of 3.70 or higher will achieve academic honors status. Certificate- and master’s-level graduates are not eligible for academic honors. Academic honors statuses will be noted on diplomas and transcripts.

    The academic honors statuses are as follows:

    • Cumulative GPA of 3.70–3.79—Cum Laude
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.80–3.99—Magna Cum Laude
    • Cumulative GPA of 4.0—Summa Cum Laude
  • Will I receive honor cords to wear at the ceremony?

    Only associate’s- and bachelor’s-level graduates who attend the ceremony will receive an academic honor cord during check-in.

  • Will I be recognized for academic honors at the ceremony?

    Graduates who achieved academic honors will be recognized during the ceremony agenda and their honors status will be noted in the ceremony program.

  • Can I wear my honor society cords at the ceremony?

    Graduates who are members of an honor society may wear their honor society regalia (cords, stoles, pins, etc.) at the ceremony. Honor society graduates should contact the Office of Student Life at StudentLife@kaplan.edu. Graduates must be existing honor society members prior to their final term.

Travel

Learn more about travel to and from the ceremony.

Purchasing Additional Graduation items

See below for frequently asked questions about how to purchase other items for your graduation.


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